Catching up on the open tabs: be gone before the weekend!
Geoff Ryman is interviewed at The Short Review—which is an awesome site that only reviews that most commercial of forms, the short story!
Lois Ava-Matthews and friends have a great new(ish) online zine, Belletrista, whose mission is to Celebrate Women Writers Around the World. Issue 4 just went up and in it Tim Jones reviews Kalpa Imperial:
it stands in the distinguished tradition of fabulation of authors such as Jorge Luis Borges and Italo Calvino, and it is arguably not a novel at all, but a collection of linked stories. As translated by Ursula K. Le Guin from the 1983 original, it reminded me most of a humanist equivalent of Gene Wolfe’s science fiction series The Book Of The New Sun.
Diagram has a 10 year antho which is a set of cards. Buy now.
I am still left puzzled as to what the deciding factor was for the choice and placement of the stories that are included in this anthology. It doesn’t seem to be restricted to particular themes, or to stories that contain an element of fantasy, or even stories that are unusual narratively.
And Erin asks are there interstitial writers in (between) other genres?
Speaking of (potentially) interstitial stuff, our Alasdair Gray book is at the printer and fingers crossed all will go well with all that pretty blue art on the inside. Here’s that bottle of whisky that he did the art for. Must try!
Our friends at Zygote games posted about an 11,000 year old site in Turkey.
When the Great Pyramid was built in Egypt, those stones in Turkey were older than the Pyramids are today.
Phew. Also, while you’re at it, pick up both their games for only $20!
Long-running, reliably good lit-zine. . . . There are stories from just about every genre, from fairy tales, surreal stories, and even an essay on logic problems. I enjoyed the bizarre surprise ending of “The LoveSling” and the engrossing story of “The Girl with No Hands. Truly something for everyone.
24 gets a light lambasting:
The bulk of the zine is the fiction pieces. They all seem to have the exact same style.
Eek! But they go on to say “Those who like to discover new writers, check this out.”